SAVE THE DATE
The Special Needs Children’s Fund of Collier County hosts “Gatsby in the Garden” on Friday, March 9, at the Naples Botanical Garden.
Tickets for $150 per person include a performance by world-renowned concert pianist Carlos Alberto Ibay, followed by dinner catered by Service by Jordan, dancing to music from the 1920s by a 10-piece band and the chance to bid on silent auction items. All proceeds will help fund the Special Needs Children’s Fund, Eden Autism Services and Naples Equestrian Challenge.
For reservations or more information, call 436-8070 or visit www.naplesgatsby2012.com.
‘Driven to Triumph’ honors Holocaust survivors, war vets
The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida celebrates its 10th anniversary with “Driven to Triumph,” on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Naples Luxury Imports. The evening will serve as a tribute to Southwest Florida’s Holocaust survivors and WWII veterans.
A patrons reception will begin at 5 p.m. and the celebration will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets for $125 per person include food by local chefs and a performance by Grammy and Emmy award-winning composer Charles Fox.
For tickets or more information, call 263-9200 or visit www.holocaustmuseumswfl.org.
The Fine Art of Living plans two events
Italian luxury fashion label, Salvatore Ferragamo, presents its Spring-Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection as part of the 2012 Fine Art of Living series of fundraisers. The fashion show is set for Saturday evening, March 3, at the Port Royal home of John and Rebecca Allen.
The event will mark the first time the ready-to-wear collection will be made available in Naples. Guests will also receive invitations to a private trunk show.
Tickets are $350 per person.
In addition, Fine Art of Living hosts “A Starry Night in Provence” on Saturday evening, March 24, at a private club in Port Royal.
Tickets are $175 per person.
Proceeds from Fine Art of Living events support programs that improve the lives of the underprivileged in the local community. Funds are disbursed through the Archangel Fund for Collier County Charities.
For tickets to or more information about either of the above events, call 262- 0353 or visit www.fineartoflivingnaples.com.
‘Alive in the World’ for Eden Autism
Singers-songwriters Beth Nielsen Chapman and Rodney Crowell headline the 2012 “Alive in the World Concert” for Eden Autism Services Florida. Presented by the Trust for the Advancement of Responsible Artists, the concert and auction begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Daniels Pavilion at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Only 200 tickets will be sold for $150 per person.
For tickets or more information, call 919-0408 or visit www.gigforgood.org.
‘Batfish Bash’ will benefit Rookery Bay
Friends of Rookery Bay holds the third annual “Batfish Bash for the Bay” from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. The evening features a cocktail hour, “wild” silent auction, Old Florida fare food stations and dancing to the Raiford Starke Band. A patrons party will take place Thursday, March 1, at Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a private sunset cruise aboard luxury yachts.
Tickets are $175 for the Batfish Bash and $250 to include the patrons party event. All proceeds benefit youth science education, environmental research activities and community outreach programs at Rookery Bay.
Art association, Grace Place plan exhibit reception
Grace Place for Children and Families and the Naples Art Association present artist JAMA and the children of Grace Place in a children’s art exhibit and dedication of JAMA’s mural at The von Liebig Art Center from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 22.
Tickets are $50 per person. Proceeds will benefit Grace Place and the NAA. To RSVP or for more information, call 262-6517.
A garden gala for Hope for Haiti
Hope for Haiti holds its 2012 gala, “A Passport to the Secret Garden,” from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the St. Ann Jubilee Center.
Tickets are $300 per person. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Elizabeth Davison at 434-7183 or Elizabeth@hopeforhaiti.com.
Royal Palm school to honor Donahues
The faculty, staff and families of Royal Palm Academy will honor Jack and Rhodora Donahue at the school’s “Denim and Diamonds” gala at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa. The Donahues are longtime Naples residents whose daughter and sonin law, Carol and Patrick Moore, founded Royal Palm Academy in 1998.
Tickets are $100 per person. For reservations or more information, call the school at 594-9888.
Youth Haven hosts Olympian skater
Olympic speed skater and eight-time medalist Apolo Anton Ohno will be the guest speaker at Youth Haven’s “Home Hope Healing” luncheon Thursday, March 22, at the Naples Grande. Tickets are $250 per person, or $1,000 for two guests and a pre-luncheon reception with Mr. Ohno. Youth Haven provides a home for children who have been removed from their families by the authorities because they are in grave danger of further physical or sexual trauma, emotional abuse and/or neglect. For more information, call Jamie Gregor at 687-5153 or e-mail Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
C’mon to Dream Gala for children’s museum
The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples will hold its inaugural Dream Gala beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at C’mon in North Collier Regional Park. Gala chair Shelia Davis and her committee are hard at work planning an evening of adventure and discovery that will benefit Collier County’s first learning environment devoted exclusively to the serious business of children’s play. The 30,000-square-foot museum is set to open in early 2012. For information about gala sponsorship opportunities, call C’mon at 514-0084 or visit www.cmon.org.
Rotarians, Zoo set for a wild evening
The Naples Rotary Club holds its annual “Grapes & Apes” wine tasting, food pairing and silent auction on Saturday, March 24, at The Naples Zoo. Expectations for this year are to accommodate 1,400 guests and to raise $150,000. All proceeds will help fund Rotary scholarships and projects including Project Graduation, Gift of Life and Polio Plus.
Tickets for $100 per person include wine and food samplings from Wynn’s, desserts by Mikkelson’s Pastry Shop and Royal Palm Chocolates, animal encounters and talks by zoo staff and the chance to bid on silent auction items.
For reservations or more information, call 262-1040 or visit www.grapesandapes.com.
A red-carpet affair for Dress for Success
Dress for Success SW Florida hosts “A Hollywood Night in Black & White,” a red-carpet event filled with inspiration, glamour, guest speakers and client success stories from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Clive Daniel Home in Naples.
A highlight of the evening will be the makeover “reveal” and personal testimonies of two clients who, with help from Dress for Success SW Florida, have overcome tremendous obstacles and are now confident, self-sufficient women who are succeeding in the workplace.
Tickets for $60 each or $100 for VIP passes can be purc hased at www.dress- forsuc- cess.org / swflorida.
Butterfly Ball will benefit Avow Hospice
The annual Butterfly Ball to benefit Avow Hospice is set for Saturday, March 24, at Grey Oaks Country Club. The ball is Avow’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and this year organizers hope to raise at least $75,000 to enhance hospice care services for patients and families and to support a variety of community grief support programs.
The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, music by the Mambo Brothers, and live and silent auction items including jewelry, artwork and travel packages.
Tickets for $200 per person are available by calling 649- 3683 or visiting www.avowhospice.org. ¦